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The Life Cycle of Midges

Producer: Ralph & Lisa Cutter  |

This clip is from Bugs of the Underworld (Ralph & Lisa Cutter, DVD, 37 minutes) and features the chapter on midges. Ralph & Lisa Cutter’s documentary work has appeared on National Geographic, PBS, BBC, TROUT, and at the California Academy of Sciences. This DVD showcases their extraordinary skill in underwater cinematography, and also features Stoneflies, Caddisflies, Damselflies and Mayflies.

EXCERPT: “Midges are the most common and diverse aquatic insects in the world. They occupy habitats ranging from sewage ponds, to brine holes, to crytalline alpine lakes. Their numbers can range into the tens of thousands per square meter, and in many waters their forage value is the only reason trout can exist.”

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  • anteater

    I have been watching the midges in buckets of water in my garden. I saw a tiny red pupa struggling out of its case, and it appeared to be assisted by other, older (grey) pupae that anchored their periscope-like tails to the end of the case so it could emerge, as it was getting nowhere by itself, as there was no form of purchase in the water alone. Once it emerged, it wriggled off below the surface 🙂

  • Nymphermaniac

    The Cutters have the best video for learning about what goes on in insect development as it pertains to our sport. I use the caddis section when teaching about fishing and tying those flies. Fishing midge flies can be technical due to their tiny size and all the bubbles on a stream. Look for any dimple and do a gentle, line tug hook set. If you miss, you should still be in business. Trout eat the drowned ones too.

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